Activities

April Showers

The children’s verse “April Showers bring May flowers” sets the theme for this month’s fun ideas.  For many families spring does bring unpredictable weather with some warm days and some cold days, rain and sometimes snow.  When it is too cold to go outside kids can make a rainbow with spray bottles or bend water with a balloon. When the weather is warm outside they can set up a sprinkler obstacle course that will water the yard and provide a lot of fun.

Ten Tips for Playdate Inclusion Among Kids of All Abilities

Playdates are beneficial for ALL children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built.  The benefits of playdates include: increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting.  Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs.

Robin Borakove, “Angels Among Us"

For over 40 years, living with the challenges of being different and not knowing why, Robin Borakove was properly diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and her new life began.

Palm Springs: Host of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Southern California opens it's doors to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games! More than 100 communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will have the honor of participating in the "Host Town" program. Over 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be made welcomed from July 21-24, 2015.

Play is Therapy and Therapy is Play

Play is a cornerstone of development for all children. Consider the cognitive engagement when children are working on a puzzle, or the motor skills and coordination involved in playing catch with a ball, or the socialization skills required in playing a game. Through play, children expand skill sets related to:

 

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Expression
  • Creativity
  • Socialization
  • Fine/Gross Motor Skills
Minimize Chlorine in Yourself and Your Child

With summer here, swimming pools expose us to large concentrations of chlorine. Use NDF® or NDF Plus® to minimize chlorine in yourself and your child.

Routine - Change Can Be Good

Everyone looks forward to vacation, right? Well, when it’s an actual vacation from the daily grind, maybe!

Ying / Yang - Balance Your Child With The Outside World

Extracurricular programs are a great way to integrate children with special needs into new settings, form friendships and have some fun. Children can gain a sense of pride and accomplishment by participating and succeeding in activities. Many benefit from the therapeutic value that engaging in recreation provides. Sports, art, music and dance may be highly reinforcing for some individuals. Some children prefer to engage in more leisurely activities such as reading.

ABK - Applied Behavioral Karate

Applied Behavioral Karate is not a technical term, but it is real and it does work.

How Play Helps Your Child’s Brain, Part 2

In the previous blog, we discussed the vital role play has in helping quiet the reptilian brain so your child with dyslexia can learn. Now we’ll take a look at the emotional brain and the thinking brain.

 

The Limbic System or Emotional Brain